|Publication number||US6958055 B2|
|Application number||US 10/349,378|
|Publication date||Oct 25, 2005|
|Filing date||Jan 20, 2003|
|Priority date||Sep 4, 1998|
|Also published as||US20030236501|
|Publication number||10349378, 349378, US 6958055 B2, US 6958055B2, US-B2-6958055, US6958055 B2, US6958055B2|
|Inventors||Jeremy Francis Donnan, David John Targell|
|Original Assignee||Nmt Group Plc|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (110), Referenced by (44), Classifications (31), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/563,268 entitled “Needle Sheath”, filed May 3, 2000 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,524,278, which is a continuation of PCT/GB99/02175, filed Jul. 7, 1999.
This invention concerns a sheath for the needle of a hypodermic syringe.
Hypodermic syringe assemblies are usually provided with a protective sheath covering the needle for its protection until the syringe is required for use.
It is a common, though by no means universal, practice to change the needle of a syringe after filling and before administration of the injection because of a perception that the original needle may become blunted, bent or subjected to loss of needle lubricant during the filling operation, for example by insertion through the rubber cap of the vial, contaminated with a foreign substance, for example latex from such a cap or rendered unsterile, or to suit filling requirements for rapid filling of the syringe by using a large bore filling needle.
In the case of syringes with provision for retraction of the needle after use as disclosed for instance in our prior U.S. Pat. No. 5,782,804, the needle assembly tends to be specially designed for this purpose and it is not therefore practical to contemplate changing needles after filling the syringe and before administering the injection.
There are also concerns over the risks of drawing in fragments or slivers of material, e.g. glass, when the syringe is filled from for example an ampoule following breaking of a glass or other cap of the ampoule. Moreover, if the same needle is used to fill the syringe and also administer the medication, some injection fluid may be present on the outside of the needle which may be undesirable since some substances for injection can be irritating to the skin.
Further, it is often desirable to have the ability to administer an injection by either a retractable needle or by means of an intravenous means.
These matters are addressed by various aspects of the present invention. The invention has particular, but not necessarily exclusive, application to the type of syringe which incorporates a needle retraction mechanism and is thereby not readily amenable to the possibility of needle change between syringe filling and admistration of the injection. Further, an arrangement is disclosed including a filling spike and an adapter for intravenous injection.
According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a hypodermic syringe having a barrel, a hollow fluid dispensing needle which projects from the barrel, means for retracting the needle after use from the projecting position to a retracted, inaccessible position, and a sheath which is removably engageable with the syringe to sheath the needle and provide an interior zone for communication with the internal bore of the needle, the sheath being apertured to admit liquid to said zone whereby liquid drawn through the needle into the syringe first passes into said zone.
The sheath may be shaped or adapted so as to be capable of penetrating the rubber cap of a vial or the like. To this end, it may be provided with a pointed end or a separate needle. In this way, the sheath may be used as a needle during filling of the syringe thereby avoiding any risk of compromising the needle proper as discussed above through having to use the needle proper to pierce a rubber cap for instance.
When used with a syringe having needle retraction means, the needle need only be exposed during the time that it is actually in use for the administration of an injection. At all other times, including filling of the syringe, the needle may be effectively inaccessible thereby considerably reducing the risk of needle stick injuries since the sheath need not be particularly sharp as it is only used for filling the syringe.
The sheath together with its pointed end or filling needle may be used together with an adapter whereby, after filling of the syringe by means of the pointed end of the sheath, the adapter can be directly connected to an intravenous injection system. Alternatively, a retractable needle may then be used to inject the medicine into a patient.
According to a second aspect of the present invention there is provided a sheath which sealably connects over the needle of a hypodermic syringe and is optionally shaped or adapated to penetrate the rubber cap of a vial or the like, the sheath being apertured to allow the ingress of liquid to an interior zone thereof whereby liquid drawn through the needle into the syringe first passes into said zone, filter means being incorporated in the sheath to exclude the entry of particulate material into said zone.
According to a further aspect of the present invention there is provided a sheath which sealably connects over the needle of a hypodermic syringe and is optionally shaped or adapated to penetrate the rubber cap of a vial or the like, the sheath being apertured to allow the ingress of liquid to an interior zone thereof whereby liquid drawn through the needle into the syringe first passes into said zone, needle-wiping means being incorporated in the sheath and arranged so that removal of the sheath automatically wipes the needle to remove any excess liquid on the outside thereof.
According to a still further aspect of the present invention, there is provided a sheath and an adapter. The adapter can be directly connected to the barrel of the syringe, and the sheath can be attached thereto. The pointed portion of the sheath can be used to fill the syringe. Thereafter the sheath can be removed and the adapter can be directly connected to a needleless I.V. access system. Alternatively, the adapter may be removed and a retractable needle assembly can be connected to the barrel to administer the medicine to a patient.
The sheath may, if desired, incorporate both filter means and needle-wiping means.
The filter means may be be take take various forms—for example the filter means may be composed of fibrous material or it may comprise a sintered plastics material. Examples of suitable materials include hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials. The plastics materials employed may for instance be selected from the following, including combinations thereof: nylon, polyurethane, polyester, polyolefin, polyethylene, PTFE, acetal, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and styrene acrylonitrile. Most of these materials can be processed in a number of ways with the exception of PTFE which will generally be sintered. The other materials can be moulded with a foaming agent to give an open cell foam with controllable porosity or made into a non-woven fibrous mat by using a binder compound. Suitable filter materials for use in the present invention are obtainable from for example GVS Srl of Bologna, Italy and Filtertek BV of Limerick, Eire.
The needle-wiping means is conveniently in the form of a thin web or membrane through which the needle extends in use so that when the sheath is removed from the sheath, the marginal edge of the web or membrane surrounding the needle is drawn along the outside the needle thereby wiping the same. Preferably the web or membrane is composed of a resilient material and tends to contract around the needle by virtue of its resilient nature. Suitable materials for the membrane or web include elastomers such as silicones or silicone-based materials.
The sheath may have a pointed end to facilitate penetration into a vessel, e.g. via a rubber seal or cap provided on the vessel.
The sheath may have at least one aperture through its wall above the pointed end and/or it may have an aperture at its pointed end.
The sheath may be protected before use by a removable guard which is conveniently in the form of a part cylindrical wall.
The guard may be integral with the sheath and removable at one or more frangible connections.
The sheath may be removably attachable to the syringe through a push-on/pull-off friction fit or snap fit or through a threaded connection or a bayonet-type connection.
The sheath may be formed from a metal or a plastics material.
The invention will be further apparent from the following description with reference to the several figures of the accompanying drawings which show, by way of example only, several forms of sheath embodying same. In the drawings:
Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views. The exemplification set out herein illustrates preferred embodiments of the invention, in one form, and such exemplification is not to be construed as limiting the scope of the invention in any manner.
Referring now to
The sheath 10 has a hollow interior 14 which accommodates the needle N of the syringe. The sheath 10 terminates in a pointed forward end 15 capable of penetrating the rubber cap of a vial or being inserted into an ampoule whose cap has been broken therefrom. The sheath is apertured at a location in close proximity to the pointed end 15, the aperture being formed by an axially extending elongate slot. In the illustrated embodiment, two such slotted apertures 16 are provided on diametrically opposite sides of the sheath.
A guard 17 in the form of a part cylindrical wall is formed integrally with the sheath 10 and is removable from the sheath at a frangible connection 18. The guard protects the sheath and prevents its pointed end from damaging and thereby compromising the sterility of primary packaging in which the syringe is supplied. The slot 19 in the wall enables the guard to be broken away without damaging the sheath which can pass through the slot 19 during this operation.
A filtering material depicted by reference numeral 20 is provided within the sheath at a location between the forward end of the needle and the apertures 16 so that only liquid that has passed through the filtering material is accessible by the needle during filling. In this way, particulate materials, such as glass slivers, splinters or shards that may have inadvertantly contaminated the injection fluid are excluded by the filtering material thereby eliminating any risk of fine slivers of glass entering the syringe during filling thereof. The filter material may take various forms, e.g. it may be in the form of a fibrous extrusion or a porous plastic plug.
At a suitable location, the sheath is provided with needle-wiping means which, in the illustrated embodiment, is in the form of a thin web of material or membrane 22, e.g. an elastomer such as a suitable silicone, extending across the interior of the sheath so that, when the latter is assembled to the syringe, the needle passes through the web. The web may be provided with a pre-formed hole through which the needle passes or the hole may be formed by the needle automatically during the act of pushing the sheath on to the syringe. In either case, the arrangement is such that the marginal edge around the hole in the web contacts the needle around its circumference so that, when the sheath is subsequently removed, the marginal edge cleans off any excess liquid adhering to the outside of the needle following the filling operation. The membrane 22 may be of an elastomeric material such as silicone rubber.
In use, the syringe is removed from its primary packaging and the barrel B of the syringe filled in known manner by retraction of the plunger P after insertion of the forward end of the sheath through the rubber cap of a vial or insertion of the forward end into an ampoule whose cap has been broken therefrom. During filling, the injection liquid passes through the filtering material before entry into the needle. The sheath 10 is then removed and discarded to enable administration of the injection in known manner. During sheath removal, the outside of the needle is automatically wiped clean.
It sometimes happens that medical staff use a filling needle of larger bore than the injection needle for the purposes of filling the syringe—particularly when the bore of the injection needle is particularly fine. The possibility of removing the sheath 10 and original needle before replacing the sheath 10 and using it as a filling needle should not be overlooked.
Referring now to
In the embodiment of
In use, when the sheath has been assembled to the syringe, the needle N pierces the web 64 and penetrates into the septum chamber 62 (see FIG. 6A). When the cylindrical guard 17 has been removed and the tip of sheath is immersed in a liquid, the syringe is operated to aspirate the liquid through the needle N so that the resulting suction effect draws the valve member 70 away from its seating 72 at the upper end of the spike-like formation to draw the liquid upwardly into the septum chamber 62 and then into the needle to fill the syringe. Also, liquid drawn into the needle N in this way must first traverse the filter 20 and any glass shards or contaminants present may be excluded from passing into the septum chamber 62 and hence the syringe. Flow of liquid in the opposite direction is prevented since such flow will tend to cause the valve member 70 to make sealing contact with the seat 72 at the upper end of the spike-like formation and thereby block liquid flow.
Subsequently the sheath 10 may be removed from the syringe prior to using the syringe to administer an injection to the patient. In the course of removing the sheath the web 64, which by virtue of its resilient nature contracts around the needle, is drawn along the forward extremity of the needle thereby wiping any excess liquid from the exterior of the needle before it is used to inject a patient. It will be observed that the one-way valve ensures that the injection can only be administered after the sheath has been removed from the syringe thereby eliminating the possibility of an injection being administered while the sheath is still in place.
In the embodiments thus far described, the sheath is generally spike-shaped so that it can be used to penetrate or pierce the rubber cap of a vial directly.
The forward end 87 of the adaptor section 80 and the needle-carrying section 82 are designed to fit together with a sealing engagement, e.g. by means of a luer slip or luer lock fitting. The forward end 87 accommodates a plug 20 of filter material so that liquid entering the septum chamber 62 must first traverse the filter thereby excluding foreign matter such as glass shards that might be present when the syringe is filled from a glass ampoule. The needle 88 of section 82 is employed purely as a filling needle which is used to pierce the rubber cap of a vial for example, liquid being drawn into the syringe via the needle 88, one-way valve 70, septum chamber 62 and needle N by appropriate operation of the syringe plunger. After the filling operation has been completed, the section 82 is removed and discarded while the adaptor section 80 can be left in place until the syringe is used to administer the injection.
In each of the embodiments described above, the syringe may be of the type provided with a needle retraction mechanism whereby, after administration of the injection, the needle N is retracted from the projecting position illustrated to an inaccessible position so as to prevent needle stick injuries. A suitable needle retraction mechanism for use in the present invention is that disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,782,804, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by this reference.
One embodiment of the needle retraction mechanism will now be described with reference to
The plunger P of the syringe is hollow having its rear end (not shown in
As shown in
It will be seen that the needle N need only be exposed during the administration of the intended injection. At all other times, the needle may be either sheathed with the aid of sheath or inaccessible as a result of being retracted into the plunger (and hence the barrel).
Referring now to
More particularly, barrel B is provided with a projection 160 and external threads 162, such as for instance, for use with a luer slip or luer lock fitting. Further, adapter 166 is provided with internal threads 164 for engaging external threads 162 of barrel B. Adapter 166 includes external fluting 167 whereby adapter 166 can be more easily gripped for securement to barrel B. Adapter 166 also includes an internal extension 171 which defines a hollow space 173 together with the outside wall of adapter 166. Windows 170 are provided by the use of side-cores in molding adapter 176 to enable the formation of internal threads on the adapter.
Projection 168 and the outside wall of adapter 166 also form a hollow space 175. The inside surface of the outside wall of adapter 166 is provided with internal threads 172. As can be seen in
Referring further to FIGS. 17 and 19-21, filling spike 208 includes a hollow sheath 210. Sheath 210 includes a pointed end 215 and one or more filling slots 216 in pointed end 215. Filling spike 208 further includes a central portion 219 whereby filling spike 208 can be gripped and manipulated. Windows 212 are provided as side-cores in the molding process to maintain a constant material thickness. Additionally, a guard 217 is provided which is connected to central portion 219 by means of a frangible connection 218. Guard 217 can be removed from filling spike 208 by fracturing frangible connection 218. An extension 213 is also connected to central portion 219 and includes external threads 214, whereby filling spike 208 can be threadedly connected to adapter 166. Threads 214 and 172 could define a luer type fitting. As can be seen in
The filling operation of barrel B would include applying pressure to thumb pad T whereby plunger P is moved into barrel B, before sheath 10 is inserted into a vial (not shown) which includes the medicine. The syringe can be manipulated by having a user place two fingers below grip G of barrel B whereby pressure can be applied to thumb pad T. Filling spike 208 is now inserted into the vial or other container which contains the medicine. The plunger is then moved backward by having a person apply a pulling force on thumb pad T and plunger P. Once barrel B has been filled with medicine, filling spike 208 can be removed by disengaging threads 214 from threads 172. Thereafter, an intravenous fitting 226 and associated tubing 228 can be connected to adapter 166 by threaded engagement of threads 229 with internal threads 172 as shown in
Referring now to
While this invention has been described as having a preferred design, the present invention can be further modified within the spirit and scope of this disclosure. This application is therefore intended to cover any variations, uses, or adaptations of the invention using its general principles. Further, this application is intended to cover such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art to which this invention pertains and which fall within the limits of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||604/192, 604/110, 604/263, 600/573, 604/162, 604/164.08|
|International Classification||A61M5/50, A61M5/178, A61M5/31, A61J1/00, A61M39/04, A61M5/32, A61J1/20|
|Cooperative Classification||A61J1/2086, A61J1/2013, A61J1/201, A61M2005/3118, A61M5/3202, A61M2005/3128, A61M5/329, A61M5/3234, A61M5/1782, A61M5/32, A61M5/3145, A61M2005/3201, A61J1/2096, A61M5/508, A61M2039/042|
|European Classification||A61M5/32B, A61J1/20F, A61M5/32C2F2F|
|Jun 20, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: NMT GROUP PLC, SCOTLAND
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:DONNAN, JEREMY FRANCIS;TARGELL, DAVID JOHN;REEL/FRAME:014189/0401
Effective date: 20030612
|May 4, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Oct 25, 2009||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Dec 15, 2009||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20091025